So you’re thinking about tying the knot in Kansas City and are worried about the cost of a wedding? According to the Wedding Report, the average cost of a wedding in the Kansas City metropolitan area in 2021 was a little under $25,000. Yikes!
Well, before you go running off to elope and miss having the party of a lifetime with your friends and family, rest assured there are a ton of ways to save money on a wedding.
One of the biggest expenses for your big day is the cost of the wedding venue you choose. You’ll be relieved to know that Kansas City has plenty of affordable wedding venues. Here is the list of our favorite affordable wedding venues in Kansas City and the surrounding area!
Alexander Majors House & Barn
One of the first places to look for an affordable wedding venue is somewhere that is operated by a non-profit organization. The Alexander Majors House and Barn is a historic museum and, you guessed it, not for profit!
This landmark mansion was built in 1856 and was once the home of one of the co-owners of the Pony Express. You and your guests will be transported back in time to a simpler Kansas City with this amazing venue.
There are both indoor and outdoor spaces at Alexander Majors House and Barn. You might want to say your vows on the expansive, manicured lawn.
The primary event space for your reception is called The Barn and is a large open area with The Loft space above it. There is another space to the south of the main barn area called the Wagon Room complete with an authentic Conestoga wagon that guests will love!
Typical Cost: Starting at $1,900
Capacity: Up to 175 seated guests
Bonus: Since the Alexander Majors House and Barn is an actual museum, guests will enjoy many of the interactive exhibits. And why not take it to the next level and have a pioneer-themed wedding? How fun!
With micro weddings trending at the moment, you should definitely check out another not-for-profit, Pilgrim Chapel. Run by the Pilgrim Center, this non-denominational church is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The mission of the Pilgrim Center is to help build a safe community in Kansas City and has been doing so for over 50 years.
Pilgrim Chapel is quaint, yet elegant. Inside the stone chapel, there are traditional wooden pews, antique light fixtures, stained glass windows, and an exposed wood beam ceiling.
The grounds of the chapel are landscape and contain a Pilgrim Labyrinth and Butterfly Garden. The overall vibe is charming and intimate.
Typical Cost: Starting at $400
Capacity: Up to 75 seated guests
Bonus: When you book The Pilgrim Chapel, you can feel good knowing that you are supporting several Kansas City community programs like childcare, senior living, and arts education.
Looking for the least expensive venue in Kansas City for your wedding? The Brim is a newer property that offers ceremonies starting at $1. Yes, you read that correctly, one dollar!
Located on 16 acres of hills, yet close to downtown and the airport, The Brim is truly a unique setting that believes in making love stories come to life.
Completed in June 2021, the Brim Chapel is new and modern. The chapel itself has space for 90 seated guests and garage doors that open for a larger crowd.
At the moment, you can have your reception in the chapel or outside under a large tent. The Brim is in the process of building a new reception area that will be completed in June 2023.
If you need assistance planning your big day, The Brim has several affordable wedding packages and is more than happy to help.
Typical Cost: Starting at $1
Capacity: Up to 130 seated guests
Bonus: The Brim boasts amazing sunsets and scenic views, so you are sure to capture stunning wedding photos.
Powell Gardens is a part of the Kansas City Botanical Gardens and is the perfect affordable venue for a stunning outdoor wedding. Being a public garden, there are of course plenty of gorgeous flora and fauna to surround yourself with on your big day. With no less than 8 venues to choose from, Powell Gardens is amazing.
For a somewhat more traditional ceremony, you might choose the Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel. Featuring 13-foot doors and 2,550 square feet of glass, this nondenominational chapel is indoors with an outdoor feel.
The nearby Miller Hammond Chapel Study can be used as a bridal suite. The Missouri Barn is located in the Heartland Harvest Gardens and has an observation deck with views of the entire gardens.
The Fountain Garden and the Marlese Lowe Gourley Island Garden are both serene outdoor spaces for your ceremony. Event tents can be set up anywhere in Powell Gardens for your reception.
If you prefer an indoor space there is the Conifer Room and the Grand Hall as options and each has access to an outdoor terrace.
Typical Cost: Starting at $1,200
Capacity: Up to 200 seated guests
Bonus: Additional services at Powell Gardens include a butterfly release and fireworks. How cool is that?
St. Andrew’s Golf Club
Are you and your beloved into golf but unsure that a fancy country club is in your budget? Then you should definitely check out St. Andrew’s Golf Club as an affordable option. Located in Overland Park, the venue has beautiful gardens and stunning views.
The Highland Room is the spot for a fun reception with vaulted ceilings, large windows, and a dance floor. For catering, the onsite culinary team can help create the perfect meal to stay within your budget.
Typical Cost: Starting at $1,200
Capacity: Up to 250 seated guests
Bonus: Just imagine the amazing wedding photos your wedding photographer will capture in this idyllic setting! And think of all the fun golf-themed gifts you can give to your wedding party and guests.
A Legendary Rooftop
Located on the Kansas side of Kansas City, A Legendary Rooftop boasts incredible views of the city. This urban yet romantic venue may be just the spot to celebrate your love fest!
You can say your I do’s outside amid the clouds and continue your party well into the night by dancing under the stars.
One of the best things about A Legendary Rooftop is its flexibility to help you stay within your wedding budget. The space can be adapted for either your wedding or ceremony or both!
There is a built-in stage, a dance floor, and covered bar areas. Let the wedding experts at A Legendary Rooftop help make your wedding dreams into a reality.
Typical Cost: Starting at $1,200
Capacity: Up to 300 seated guests
Bonus: There are several hotels nearby to accommodate out-of-town guests!
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The Rickhouse at The Burg & Barrel
Looking for a laid-back, affordable neighborhood venue? Then look no further than The Rickhouse at The Burg & Barrel!
This beer and burger bar boasts one of the best patio spaces in all of Kansas City. With canned and bottled beers and rotating taps, this venue is promised to be a good time for everyone.
The Rickhouse is actually The Burg & Barrel’s private event space and includes the main dining room and private bar. The overall vibe exudes the charm of the midwest and is packed with nostalgia including an old-time jukebox. Perfect for micro weddings, The Rickhouse at The Burg & Barrel may be the venue for you.
Typical Cost: Starting at $700
Capacity: Up to 55 seated guests
Bonus: Did we mention the food at The Rickhouse at The Burg & Barrel? In addition to the delicious burgers, the menu is full of yummy comfort bar food.
The Hayloft At Lifted Spirits Distillery
Are you and your fiance into spirits? Not the ghostly kind, but the alcoholic kind. If so, then The Hayloft at Lifted Spirits Distillery may be the perfect venue for you.
This historic building was once used as a stable for horses that were delivered to a local bakery. The overall vibe is industrial and urban, yet chic.
The Hayloft is the space where you can hold your rocking wedding. This 2nd floor was originally where the bedding and feed for the horses were stored and has been fully renovated, yet kept some of the charming features like the hayloft doors. The walls are exposed, to rustic brick and there are hardwood floors throughout.
Typical Cost: Starting at $1,500
Capacity: Up to 150 seated guests
Bonus: The Hayloft at Lifted Spirits Distillery is a working distillery, which means you and your guests can enjoy a tour of the distillery and even sample the unique spirits.
The Vintage House
Another perfect venue for a micro wedding, The Vintage House is located a short 10 miles southwest of Kansas City right off the freeway. This unique and charming space has tons of character and an intimate and romantic feel.
The beautiful garden courtyard is surrounded by trees and flowering plants. The spot is an elegant space to tie the knot, as well as have an outdoor reception.
Inside, The Vintage House is as cute as can be! The decor is somewhat minimal so that you can adapt it to whatever your dream wedding vision is and the Vintage House has several amazing props to turn your dream into a reality.
Typical Cost: Starting at $995
Capacity: Up to 50 seated guests
Bonus: At The Vintage House you can bring your own caterer to help save your precious dollars for your honeymoon!
Locally Grown KC
Rounding out the list is a one-of-a-kind venue called Locally Grown KC. Located in Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District, the space is modern with an urban vibe.
With funky decor and eclectic furnishings, Locally Grown KC is perfect for the hip couple.
The space itself is 2,200 square feet and has a plethora of amenities. The main area is open and light with a ping pong table that doubles as a serving table.
Also, there is an additional lounge area and media room. Beer, wine and beverage taps are available for use, as well as a kitchenette. With rave reviews, the owners of Locally Grown KC are more than happy to make your big day a memorable one!
Typical Cost: Starting at $1,250
Capacity: Up to 75 seated guests
Bonus: Located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, there are plenty of nearby accommodations for out-of-town guests and numerous bars within walking distance to pre or post-funk!